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AMD Zen and K12 Finalized and Taped Out

Despite pretty dismal Q3 2015 results, AMD looks set for a good late 2016 and 2017. AMD has reportedly completed their next generation Zen and K12 designs and have taped them out. This comes after AMD reported that…

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Fujitsu Purchase 85% Shares in AMD Operations

AMD have just announced that they are now on a joint venture with electronics giant, Fujitsu. The two companies will be pairing together to provide factories in Penang (Malaysia) and Suzhou (China). Fujitsu will be getting…

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Upcoming AMD 8-Core CPU Performance Leaked

Benchmarks of AMD’s upcoming “Heirofalcon” SOC have been leaked which indicate the chip’s capabilities and astonishing power to performance ratio. The SOC features 8 ARM 64-bit A57 cores operating at a frequency of 2.0GHz while only…

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Soft Machines Reveals Proof of Concept VISC CPU

Ever since Soft Machines first revealed their plans for a VISC style processor, many CPU fans have grown interested in what is essentially “reverse Hyper-Threading”. Today the CPU design house revealed their proof of concept chip…

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DARPA Developing On-Chip Liquid Cooling

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is helping to develop on-chip liquid cooling for field-programmable gate array (FPGA) systems that could easily be adapted for use with CPUs and GPUs. On-chip cooling of this manner…

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Intel to Enable SGX on Latest Batch of Skylake CPUs

Intel’s Software Guard Extensions (SGX) originally arrived on the Haswell architecture and provides an instructions set which allows programs to offset private memory subsets for data purposes. On launch, the first batch of Skylake CPUs had this…

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AMD Patch Reveals Highly Competitive Zen Architecture Details

All hopes at AMD are pinned on their new Zen CPU architecture performing well against Intel’s currently superior lineup. While we have seen some leaked block diagrams and claims of 40% IPC improvement come out, other…

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Microsoft Buys Havok Physics From Intel

Microsoft today is announcing their acquisition of Havok Physics from long time owner Intel. Used in a large number of AAA games as middleware and psysics engine, Havok is known for enabling complex 3D physics based…

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Intel May Increase Mainstream Core Count for Cannonlake

Intel has long limited the mainstream platform to 4 physical cores, with 8 threads due only to Hyper-Threading. This has held true for the longest time, with power users who wanted more cores making the jump to…

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Arctic Announces Semi Passive Freezer CPU Cooler

Arctic has released some impressive cooling solutions in the past, for both CPUs and GPUs. Their newest CPU cooler is the Freezer i32 or a32 depending on whether you’ll want to mount it on an Intel…

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Apple iPhone 6S Teardown Confirms Weaker Battery

IFixIt has performed a comprehensive technical Teardown of the iPhone 6S to examine the handset’s build quality and overall construction. The iPhone 6S features an Apple A9 processor with embedded M9 motion co-processor, 4.7-inch 1334×750 (326…

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AMD Zen to use TSMC 16nm as GF 14nm Falters

TSMC has just scored a major CPU customer as AMD is allegedly moving their Zen CPUs over to the fab. Originally meant for GlobalFoundries 14nm process, delays at the once AMD owned fab have led to…

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Intel Withheld Haswell Shipments in order to Push Skylake Sales

While PC sales have been slower over the past few years, it looks like Intel had been planning for such an occurrence. According to market data, Intel withheld processor shipments for the first half of the…

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Valve’s Dan Ginsburg Claims Vulkan is Better than DirectX 12

Valve developer Dan Ginsburg spoke at length regarding the two upcoming APIs, DirectX 12 and Vulkan, during this year’s SIGGRAPH event. While both are much anticipated, offering low-level access to a PC’s GPU and CPU, Ginsburg…

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AMD Confident Zen Will Deliver on Performance

AMD took a blow this past week after another major departure. While some have taken Jim Keller’s departure to be negative news, we aren’t so sure. Internally though, AMD still seems to be in high spirits…

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Pharmonic HEX 1.0 Cooler Uses Refrigeration to Cool Your PC

Phononic is working on a CPU cooler that could revolutionise PC temperature regulation, one that uses refrigeration technology. The HEX 1.0 looks like a game-changer for high-end PC cooling, with its creator Phononic specialising in refrigeration.…

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CPU Wizard Jim Keller Leaves AMD

One of the most renowned members of AMD, Jim Keller is leaving the firm once again. The former Chief Architect of Microprocessor Cores is leaving today to pursue other opportunities. Jim Keller was instrumental in designing…

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AMD’s Carrizo APU Reduces Carbon Footprint by 46%

Earlier this year, AMD launched the A-series APUs under the “Carrizo” codename which strive for energy efficiency and lower wattage demands. In 2014, AMD outlined the 25×20 energy strategy to produce chips 25 times more efficient…

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Scythe Announces Third Version of Grand Kama Cross CPU Cooler

Scythe have been hard at work on their somewhat unique looking Grand Kama Cross CPU cooler and the third revision of the cooler is available now. The previous Kama Cross CPU cooler was efficient and delivered…

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SilverStone Releases Super Slim AIO Liquid Coolers

Pre-filled and closed loop all-in-one liquid coolers bring along a lot of advantages, but they also come with some downsides. One of the problems that can occur is due to the radiator and their mounted fans,…

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Intel Regrets Skipping Broadwell for Desktop PCs

Intel has admitted that skipping desktop PC iterations of its Broadwell processors last year was a mistake following a massive dip in sales for the company over the last twelve months. Kirk Skaugen, Senior Vice President…

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AMD to Release Zen in Q4 2016 Suggests Report

Ever since AMD launched the much maligned Bulldozer CPUs, fans have been waiting for chips that would be competitive performance wise with Intel. Next year, however, that is set to change with the launch of the…

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AMD Silos GPU Business Into Radeon Technologies Group

When a company is in trouble, one of the many steps it can take is to reorganize for better efficiency. For the much-besieged AMD, siloing the relatively more successful GPU business from the CPU division is their latest…

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Snapdragon 820 Promises Astounding 50% Performance Increase

Qualcomm has unveiled the Snapdragon 820 CPU which supposedly offers up to twice the battery life and performance compared to the widely used, Snapdragon 810. The Snapdragon 810 is a modified version of the ARM Cortex A7…

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Intel Expands Its Skylake Line-Up

Intel has announced the expansion of its 6th generation Core processor line-up, revealing seven new models in its Skylake series. The chips, built-in the LGA1151 package, are compatible with motherboards running Intel’s 100-series chipset. The overclockers’…

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ID-Cooling FrostFlow 240L AIO CPU Cooler Announced

The latest cooler from ID-Cooling has just been revealed! Their new FrostFlow 240L all-in-one liquid CPU cooler is designed to handle high thermal loads of up to 200W, so it should be more than powerful enough…

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Enermax Released ETS-T40F Models and Test It Versus Coffee Boiler

Enermax had a very popular CPU cooler ever since they launched the original ETS-T40 about four years ago and now they’re following up on that with a new series of CPU coolers that should satisfy almost…